Dover, Del. (Apr. 25, 2012) --- Cameron Cecil was 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs batted in to lead Delaware State to a 7-2 win over La Salle at Soldier Field today.
The Hornets won their eighth straight game to improve to 26-14-1 this season. DSU's win streak is its longest since a nine-game run in 2003. The Explorers fell to 17-23.
Delaware State's bullpen allowed just one hit and struck out five in 5.2 innings.
La Salle opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Brendan Norton doubled to lead off the game and later scored on a two-out single by Dan Klem off DSU starter Bobby Brown to give the Explorers a 1-0 lead.
Delaware State answered in a bottom of the first. Cecil blasted his first home run of the season over the fence in left center to tie the game at 1-1.
After Brown retired the Explorers without a run in the top of the second, the Hornets took the lead with a run in the bottom of the inning.
Eddie Sorondo walked to lead off the second. JP Frey followed with a bunt single to give the Hornets runners at second and first with none out. Two batters later Tony Gatto singled to load the bases with one out. The next batter, Peter Broehl, flew out to right field, but Sorondo scored on a play to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead.
La Salle tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the third. Dan Flax scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Kevin Baron to tie the game.
The Hornets took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the third. Scott Davis was walked to lead off the inning. Davis advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a single by Cecil. After Ryan Haas walked to load the bases, Eddie Sorondo drew a walk to force home Davis to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead. Frey followed with a fly out to right, but Cecil scored on the fly to put DSU ahead 4-2. Later in the inning, Haas came home on a wild pitch to give the Hornets a 5-2 lead.
Delaware State scored a run in the sixth to open up a four run lead. Troy Drummond doubled and stole third with two outs. He came home when La Salle shortstop Kevin Baron booted a grounder by Davis.
The Hornets scored their final run on back-to-back doubles by Davis and Cecil in the eighth. Cecil upped his average to .348, while Haas had two hits in four at bats to improve to a team-high .378 this season.
Reliever Josh Patman pitched 3.2 scoreless innings to earn the win. He allowed just one hit, while striking out three to improve to 2-0 this season.
Derek Marshalsea and Chad Sturgeon each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Hornets. Marshalsea struck out two of four batters he faced.